The production of kiwifruit in Italy will be about 390,000 tonnes of marketable product
This decline occurs for several reasons: the first and main, the strong frost in the producing areas last spring, to which are added some diseases and the insect Halyomorpha halys .
According to CSO sources, in their statements made at the meeting held in Verona, “this forecast represents a generalized decrease of 14% compared to last season, and all despite the fact that the surface of new kiwi plantations grows by a 2 %. ”
There were two major areas affected by areas: production in the Veneto region, which fell by 33% to 35,761 tonnes, and the Verona area of around 26,155 tonnes, down 36% from 2016.
The Italian deficit will undoubtedly be felt throughout Europe as this country is the main producer. Continental production also declined by 5%.
However, this situation is not equal in all countries and Greece is an example of this. The Hellenic country is experiencing moments of promotion in its production. The first figures indicate a volume that can reach 185,000 tons in the 2017/2018 season, which translates into a 16% increase in product.
The Greek case contrasts with the situation experienced by French production, which declines every year by 8%, with a volume forecast this season of some 58,000 mt.
The Iberian peninsula, both Spain and Portugal, have opposite trends to the French, as the neighboring country, Portugal supports an increase of 19% and reaches 25,000 mt. Spain, meanwhile, will reach 15,000 mt, which means an increase over the previous year of 15%.
When the Chilean campaign has almost ended, it is known that the volume has fallen by 3.4% compared to the previous season. The export figure has stood at 179,393 mt in the total of the season. The largest customer is Europe, with 71,206 MT, followed by Latin America (38,593 MT) and Far East (34,149 MT).
Exports to China earlier in the season were marked by lower prices; a fact that is not unusual. Typically, Chinese production begins to have quality problems at the end of the season and Chilean producers benefit from this situation. All this was offset by a better European season, where prices were higher.
South Africa also aspires to become an exporter of kiwis. There are producers with big plans for the sector who intend to make South Africa a net exporter. As a result, investments are being made to expand the plantations of yellow kiwis. The goal is to take advantage of the market gap between February and March, before the campaign in New Zealand begins.